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Ask a Dentist: Can the Teeth That Support a Dental Bridge Get Cavities?

February 20, 2020

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3D digital image of a dental bridge on the lower back teethIf you’re one of the millions of Americans who have lost a tooth, a dental bridge is a wonderful solution because it restores both the appearance and function of your smile. But, like any dental work, a bridge is an investment that you want to last as long as possible. Fortunately, a bridge can last 10 to 15 years or more! But one common question is, “Can the teeth that support my dental bridge get cavities?” In this blog, you’ll get the answer to that question and learn about the various problems that can cause a bridge to fail. You’ll also get great tips for maintaining your bridge to help it last many years.


4 Easy Aftercare Tips To Maintain Your Porcelain Veneers

November 11, 2019

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Woman with a beautiful smileDid you know that porcelain veneers were invented in Hollywood in the 1920’s? A California dentist needed a way to correct multiple cosmetic flaws at once and give movie stars a beautiful smile. However, at that time, porcelain veneers only stayed on the teeth temporarily. Now they can last 10-15 years, but the only requirement is that you have to take good care of them. Fortunately, maintaining your new smile is easy to do. Keep reading for 4 aftercare tips that will keep your porcelain veneers in Harrisonburg looking great for as long as possible.


Dental Insurance: Your Dentist Says Use It or Lose It!

October 5, 2019

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Dental InsuranceHave you taken full advantage of your dental PPO plan this year? Most patients let their insurance benefits reset at the end of the year without meeting the annual maximum, but by seeing receiving dental treatment now, you could be saving money in the long run. Take the time to review your plan and see how scheduling an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Harrisonburg could be good for your bank account.


Which Type of Dentist Should You See for Aesthetics and Preventive Care?

September 3, 2019

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a female patient looking at her smile with her dentist next to herThe stains on your teeth are making it hard to look in the mirror most mornings. You know you want to do something about it but trying to determine which dental professional is best for removing stains isn’t always easy. You have your general dentist, but do they take care of cosmetic problems? To help alleviate any confusion, let us share some of the differences between a general and cosmetic dentist, so you can get started on achieving a whiter, brighter smile.


5 Dental Implant Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Restoration Lasting Longer

July 21, 2019

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an older man brushing his teethHave you recently had dental implants placed? Are you happy with your newly restored smile? Patients who choose this method of tooth replacement often find the benefits are overwhelming worth the cost of the procedure, but in order for this investment to be worth it, you must take proper care of your new restorations. To help you maintain a longer-lasting, complete smile, here are 5 dental implant maintenance tips you should follow.


What is Tooth Enamel, and Why is it So Important?

June 15, 2019

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Protecting tooth enamelWhen it comes to taking care of your oral health, it’s important to understand exactly what your dentist means when they use certain terms. You’ve probably heard the term “tooth enamel” before, but do you know exactly what it is? Or why it’s so important to protect it? Here’s what you need to know about enamel and how you can use that knowledge to take better care of your teeth.


What You Need to Know About the Process of Getting Dentures

May 16, 2019

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Kinds of denturesSometimes your dentist will decide that your teeth can’t be saved and will need to be pulled; when many of them are removed at once, dentures may be necessary to replace them. But how long will you need to wait for your new teeth after the extraction? And how long will it take to get used to them? Here’s what you need to know about the process of getting dentures.


Want to Change Your Smile? Learn How with Permanent Porcelain Veneers

April 9, 2019

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a woman trying porcelain veneersYour company’s 25th-anniversary gala is in a few weeks, and you’re expected to make a speech. Not only is this a black-tie affair, but major figures from the local community will be in attendance. If you’ve ever been in a similar situation, and your smile has left you dreading the upcoming event, there’s good news. Permanent porcelain veneers can cover any imperfections you want to hide, giving you renewed confidence and a beautiful smile. Read on to find out how.


What Should I Do if I Have a Broken Crown in Harrisonburg?

March 9, 2019

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Man with tooth painDental crowns are restorations that surround the visible portions of your teeth. Sometimes called caps, a dental crown can restore damaged, decayed, or misshapen teeth back to their full appearance and strength. While they’re built to last, sometimes even the strongest of materials can break or crack. Thankfully, your dentist knows how to handle a broken crown in Harrisonburg. Keep reading to learn what you should do in the event of this dental emergency and what your dentist can do to help.


How to Maintain Your Children’s Oral health in Harrisonburg

February 27, 2019

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Young boy smilingDid you know that February is National Children’s Health Month? As a parent, you do everything to keep your kids healthy, but it’s easy to forget about their oral health. Some of the most common health issues in American children are tooth decay and cavities, so it’s important to help them take care of their teeth. Thankfully, your dentist has some expert tips on how to maintain your children’s oral health. That way, you can set them up for dental success in the future.


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